Music Review: 'Beggin' on Your Knees' by Victoria Justice

Filed under: Music

Rated ON for Ages 9 and Up

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Victoria Justice is the star of the Nick TV show "Victorious" and is very popular with tweens. This single's lyrics are free of sex and profanity, but because the song is about a girlfriend getting a little revenge on a two-timing boyfriend, younger kids might be confused by lyrics such as "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you," even if they're sung in a playful manner.

The good stuff

  • Messages: The song talks about being betrayed by a boyfriend and seeking some sort of revenge: "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve." But although some of the lyrics say things like "watch your back," it all has a playful tone.
  • Role models: A girlfriend betrayed by her two-timing boyfriend gets back at him in a harmless way and has fun with her friends regardless of heartache.

What to watch out for

  • Violence: The lyrics are playful but could be construed as menacing: "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you."
  • Sex: Not an issue.
  • Language: Not an issue.
  • Consumerism: Justice stars on the Nick TV show "Victorious."
  • Drinking, drugs, & smoking: Not an issue.
What's the Story?

Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice ("Zoey 101," "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf") is joining the ranks of every other teenage TV celebrity by trying to make her way in the music world. "Beggin' On Your Knees" is featured on the soundtrack for Justice's show, "Victorious," with the 18-year-old singing about getting some sweet revenge on a two-timing boyfriend. The video features fellow "Victorious" castmates and is set at a carnival, with a dancing, smirking, Justice moving on.

Is It Any Good?

Justice has a voice unlike other starlets her age: It's deeper and more mature, and it demands attention right away. This catchy song is great for dancing and sleepovers and will probably have fans beggin' for more. That said, even though it's all in jest, the lyrics might be a little harsh for younger kids, even in their playful tone: "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you." The video shows Justice merely telling the "other" girlfriend the truth, but younger kids might picture something more menacing.

This review of "Beggin' on Your Knees" was written by Jessica Dawson

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